Bayer East Africa Limited has donated a specialised insecticide valued at Sh 10 million to farmers to support the fight against fall-armyworms infestation in the country.
‘Belt’, the brand name of the insecticide contains a new active ingredient from a new chemical class, the phthalic acid diamideswhich provides a mode of action that acts differently against target pests than do conventional materials.
Speaking in Nairobi during the donation, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary, Willy Bett, said that the fall-armyworms is a special worm that needs all stakeholders to cooperate together in the fight against the pest.
I call upon all the stakeholders in the agriculture industry to come together to fight the deadly worm which has destroyed the crop production in the country and cost the farmer great loss, added the CS.
He noted that key players in the agricultural sector came together and identified nine types of pesticides to avoid farmers being exploited by traders since the food production in the country has already been affected.
We estimate about 20-25 percent of food production has been destroyed country wide which will affect the country food security directly at the time which we are facing a shortage of maize as a result of drought that the country experienced last year, added Bett.
Bayer East Africa Limited Managing Director, Eric Bereau, said that they are keen to support farmers by providing innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture.
Fall worm is a deadly caterpillar that affects food crops in an alarming speed and is likely to damage and wipe out the crop entirely leaving the farmers with no harvest at all, added Bereau.
He further said that ‘Belt’, the new insecticide, is well formulated to deal with worms and it has been successfully used in South Africa and South America against the same.
The product will be donated in mono-dose packs, specifically targeting small scale farmers in five counties of Kwale, Nandi, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Uasin Gishu.
Source: Kenya News Agency